Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall – An Idyllic Destination for the Shopaholics out there!

Among the many shopping spots in Phuket, Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall is one of the premier destinations. Home to a slew of stores and attraction this place should not be missed during your visit here. Read on to know more.

About

The Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall is a one-stop destination where you can buy whatever your heart desired under one roof. The Mall features flagship stores boutiques, cafes, eateries and so much more and visiting here will certainly be an amazing experience during your time in Phuket.

Getting there

The mall is located On the Bypass Road in Phuket Town and You can reach the mall from almost any part of the island by a taxi. Also, you could use public transport if you are travelling on a budget and you also have the option of travelling in a tuk-tuk which is more cost efficient than a taxi.

Accommodation options

Being a popular destination, there are a number of accommodation options close to the mall. The Anantara Layan Phuket Resort which is one of the Luxury Hotels in Phuket is an option worth considering for your stay.

Wish to save some extra money?

When you shop here at the mall, there is an amazing way to save some extra bucks that is you have to keep your receipts with you in order to look for VAT refund coupons and if you find any you have to get it filled at tax invoice desk. When you present the coupon along with the receipt at the airport, you could claim the vat refunds.

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Discovering Medjumbe Island – An Adventure-Filled Escape

Tucked away off Mozambique’s northern coast, Medjumbe Island offers a truly captivating getaway with lots of new discoveries for the intrepid traveller.

Overview

This island belongs to the Quirimbas Islands which is a part of the Quirimbas National Park in Mozambique. Resorts don’t crowd this 01 km long and 500 metre wide island which only features 12 beach villas belonging to Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort for a secluded escape.

Wildlife Encounters

The islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago are nesting grounds for several turtle species and between October and April, you may get a chance to see baby turtles hatching. From July to October, Medjumbe Island becomes an ideal place from which to witness migrating Arctic humpback whales, while frolicking dolphins are a popular sight the whole year through.

Snorkelling & Diving

The clear waters around the island offer plenty of snorkelling fun and the surrounding Quirimbas Archipelago is a key diving destination; dugongs, tropical fish, dolphins, sharks, turtles, whales and more than 100 coral species are among the marine treasures that can be found here.

Thrilling Water Sports

For more active escapades, Medjumbe Island provides a range of water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, wakeboarding and waterskiing. Sailing and big-game fishing are also popular on this enchanting isle where each new day brings with it a new adventure!a.

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Awesome Things to Do in Hoi An, Vietnam – A must-see city in Vietnam

Named as a UNESCO Heritage Town and with lots to see and places to eat, Hoi An is a city that you must check out while you’re in Vietnam. Here are some of the things that make Hoi a must-visit destination!

The old city

The old city of Hoi An, which has been declared as a UNESCO heritage town is a charming little city that turns in to a lovers’ paradise at night when light from lanterns and street light illuminate the city, giving it a magical feeling.

Image Credit: Anantara Hoi An Resort

Tailor-made clothes

Hoi An is one of the most popular cities in Vietnam to purchase tailormade clothes at very low prices. Vietnam is a popular choice among engaged couples because they can get their suits and dresses tailored for a reasonable price while also exploring the country.

Fujian assembly hall

Located near Anantara Hoi An Resort which is a popular Hoi An Hotel, the Fujian assembly hall is one of most magnificent constructions in Hoi An. Built during the 17th century the Fujian assembly hall was constructed as a place of worship and a gathering point for the Chinese community who live in Hoi An. Locals frequent this sacred building as according to local folklore, the Fujian hall brings good luck to people who are trying to conceive babies.

An Bang beach

An Bang beach is a great place to enjoy the beautiful beaches that Hoi An has to offer minus the loud and pesky hordes of tourists. The sandy white beach has a few restaurants and beach villas scattered across its shore, making it the ideal place for couples who are looking for a private romantic getaway.

Image Credit: Anantara Hoi An Resort

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Snorkelling in the Maldives – A whole new world under the sea!

There’s something truly magical about snorkelling in the Maldives. Attracting visitors from the world over, these islands are home to amazing fish. Want to know more about snorkelling here?

1) What you’ll discover

You’ll come across an array of hard corals like finger, staghorn, table, lobe, brain and boulder corals as well as soft corals like leather corals. Aside from those, the wonderful variety of gorgeous marine life is simply unrivalled. Here you can meet some amazing and colourful Giant Clams, Reef Sharks, Hawksbill Turtles, Eagle Rays, Clownfish and Whale Sharks. The list goes on.

2) General info

The Maldives are basically a group of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean with around 1200 islands. 200 of these are inhabited and is known for being the lowest elevated country in the world with its highest point being less than 8 feet above sea level. If you’re searching for a luxury resort, Maldives has plenty around, like the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas for example.

3) Timing

The Maldives has 2 seasons, its monsoons. The dry season is during the Northeast Monsoon and the wet season is during the Southwest Monsoon. The driest months being between January and April and the Wettest month between May and December. With the lowest average wind speeds between March and April, this is the ideal time to visit.

4) The best way to snorkel

Checking out a resort with an excellent house reef is one of the best ways and the safest way to engage in the activity.

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Travel Guide to Uluwatu, Bali – Pointers to know!

A sought-after location in Bali, Uluwatu is perfect for its beautiful beaches and great escapes to relax. Here you’ll find the best beaches in Bali. Want to know more about Uluwatu?

1) Getting Here

Depending on where you plan to stay and traffic, Uluwatu is generally around 45 minutes away from the airport. You can either arrange a pickup from your hotel or simply hop into a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport.

2) Getting Around

If you’re planning to go about when you’re here, it’s best that you get your own transport, or arrange a hotel shuttle. Other great options include Bluebird taxi’s or simply hiring a private driver to spend the day driving you around to different places. Great Bali beach resorts can be found everywhere, such as the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort for instance.

3) Surrounding

Jimbaran is around 15-30 mins to the north via taxi. Kuta, Seminyak, Legian are all between 45 min to an hour north and Nusa Dua is around 20 minutes away. Jimbaran offers an excellent location for a seafood dinner on the beach. another great place to visit would be Pandawa Beach near Nusa Dua.

4) Wrap up

While most of the beaches here are beautiful and excellent for surfing they may not be that suitable to swim in. However, they are simply amazing to relax in.

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Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World – Geoffrey Bawa

An architect that garnered immense respect, Geoffrey Bawa has brought great pride to Sri Lanka. Let’s look at his life and his achievements along with the legacy left behind.

1) Beginnings

Born in July 1919, Geoffrey Bawa was the son of Justice B.W.Bawa, a successful and wealthy lawyer of English and Muslim parentage. Bawa’s mother was Bertha Marianne Schrader, a woman of Scottish, German and Sri Lankan descent. Bevis Bawa was Geoffrey Bawa’s older brother and a renowned landscape architect.

2) Education

Having received his primary education at the Royal College, Colombo, Geoffrey Bawa went on to study both English and Law in 1938 at St Catherine’s College in Cambridge. After the second World War, he came back to Ceylon and worked at a law firm in Colombo. Bawa then returned to England and enrolled in the Architectural Association in London where he gained a Diploma in Architecture.

3) Career

Geoffrey Bawa’s portfolio included a wide variety of work that spanned various buildings ranging from social, cultural, religious, educational, commercial, governmental and residential interest. If you’re looking for a luxury villa, Sri Lanka has many, especially ones with Geoffrey Bawa inspired architecture like the Anantara Kalutara Resort for example.

4) Influence

Geoffrey Bawa’s designs have influenced a generation of architects both in Sri Lanka and across the world. Many modern buildings in Sri Lanka have taken inspiration from his key projects and incorporated them into their own designs.

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Visiting Mystical Oman – Be Prepared to be Stunned!

Oman is a nation that boasts vibrant culture and it is a nation that highly treasures its moral values. Apart from its culture, that the nation offers its visitors a lot to see and explore. Read on to know more about visiting this mystical country.

Overview

Oman is a country located in the borders of the UAE, located on the far corners of the Arabian desert, the country is made up of expansive dunes of sand, green ravines, oases, that are fringed with palm trees, extensive mountain ranges and a stunning coastline making it one of the most sought over destinations in the world.

Getting Around

Getting around in Oman is pretty easy but since the nation is fairly large you might end up spending more time in travel if you lack proper planning. Public transport here includes buses and trains; you could also find taxies in popular cities.

Accommodation options

Oman is home to a myriad of resort accommodations scattered throughout the nation. Some of them are located in the midst of most beautiful and serene locations to provide you with a memorable as well as a relaxing vacation experience. Salalah hotels are known the world over for their extravagance – they provide you with amazing holiday experience and Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara are one of such resorts and an option worth considering for your stay.

Places to visit

If you are wondering about places you could visit here, Masirah Island, Bahala, Salalah, Jebel Akdhar, Wahiba sands are some of the must-visit destinations in Oman but be sure to plan your travel route according to your itinerary.

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Golden Triangle Park – An enchanted region!

The Golden Triangle is notoriously famous for drug trafficking that took place in the 1920s – but these days there are plenty on offer for tourists.

Things to do and see

Golden Triangle Park is famous for its scenic vistas. If you climb up to the viewpoint, you can see three bordering countries in your vicinity. To best experience, everything that’s on offer, choose one of the Chiang Rai Hotels – the same calibre as Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – that are closer to every attraction.

The boat ride

Go for a long trail boat ride on the Mekong River. You can find a boat that will take along the shores of Thailand, Laos and Burma.

Ancient Hill Temple

Wat Phra That Pu Khao is temple located near Mekong River which is believed to date back to the 8th century.

Hall of Opium Museum

To learn the history of the opium trade in the Golden Triangle, drop in at Hall of Opium Museum. The entrance to the museum is through a tunnel – in the tunnel, you will see sculptured figurines that depict the horrors of drug addiction.

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Fun and Interesting things to do in the Maldives – A recipe for an exciting vacation!

Looking for a bit of adventure? There are many things that will quench your thirst for adventure. Looking to splurge in comfort? There are Maldives five star resorts that offer you a comfortable stay.

Snorkelling

Water sports are the Maldives’ singularly fascinating feature. Most tourists who visit the country expect an exciting snorkelling session. There are spots in the country where snorkelling is prevalent. Kuda Giri Dive Site – close to Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort – is one such place where you can have fun in the water.

Diving

Diving is another favourite among those who visit the Maldives. It wouldn’t be exaggeratory to say that this is the best way to explore the marine life that you’ve heard so much about.

Spa treatments

If you’ve had your fill of adventure, now it is time for a bit of relaxation. Apart from water sports, going for a spa treatment is something you should consider doing during your time here.

Food

From the local cuisine to various other international cuisines, the Maldives presents you with a vast array of food choices, predominantly fresh and juicy seafood!

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Kite Surfing in Mui Ne – A thrilling water sport!

As a result of being a popular spot for kite surfing, the Mui Ne beach is lined with surfing schools that train and provide equipment to anyone who likes kite surfing. Aside from kite surfing, the beach is also famous for other water sports.

Image Credit: Anantara Mui Ne Resort

The weather

Mui Ne has one of the most favourable weather conditions for kite surfing. The best time for excursion lies between November and March, the dry season. If you are a newbie to kite surfing, to get some practice, head down to the beach in the morning.

Kite surfing schools

There are many kitesurfing schools dotting Mui Ne where you will be given a one-hour lesson for 50$ USD, after the lessons, you will be provided with kite surfing gear.

Surfing spots

If you are a novice, the main beach is your best option, but if you are something of an expert, head down to The Cemetery, Suoi Nuoc Bay and Turtle Island for the best kite surfing experience.

Accommodation

Being the host for an international kite surfing competition, Mui Ne is visited by many who love the sport. To facilitate all of them, there are resorts such as Anantara Mui Ne Resort; a popular choice if you are on the lookout for a resort in Mui Ne.

 

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